Visiting a hairdresser during scalp cooling
Some people are confused about if it is okay to visit their regular hairdresser during scalp cooling treatment. You can visit a regular hairdresser and indeed may benefit very much from their help. Commonly asked questions are: Can I visit a hairdresser during scalp cooling? Can I have my hair cut or do I have to wait until I have finished scalp cooling? Does my hairdresser have to be trained in scalp cooling and so on. In this section we can offer you some guidance.
Many hairdressers may not have heard about scalp cooling and so you may need to ask them to read the manufacturers guide about scalp cooling or take a look at our information. This is so they can understand the need to treat your hair gently. With his in mind hairdressers do not need to be specially trained to support you during scalp cooling. However it is vital that they understand the need to be extra gentle with your hair.
At Cancer Hair Care we welcome hairdressers to get in touch via email or phone. We often chat with caring hairdressers who want to do the best for you (their client) but may need some guidance.
At this time we advise that you have hairdressing services that benefit the condition of your hair but avoid any permanent chemical treatments such as permanent colours or more aggressive styling such as roller sets and strong blow-drys or the use of high temperature heated stylers such as straightening irons.
Below are some tips:
Don’t expect your hairdresser to be a scalp cooling expert - Don’t worry if your hairdresser does not know about scalp cooling. Help them to understand what is required by showing them a copy of your scalp cooling guide provided by your hospital and tell them about our website and free support services. If you have a caring hairdresser they can find a way to support you.
Keep hair tangle free - Snipping of any dry ends, even if it’s just tiny amounts, can really help to keep your hair tangle free.
Slower growth then normal - Many people find that their rate of hair growth becomes slower during treatment and so they don’t need to have their hair cut as often as normal.
Privacy - If you wish to have a haircut it may be a good idea to advise your hairdresser about your circumstances in advance so that you do not have to discuss your personal treatment in a busy salon. Additionally, home hairdressers may be helpful at this time.
Gentle hair cut - You may like to consider explaining to your hairdresser that they will need to be extra careful when handling your hair. Perhaps have a dry cut or ask if they will dry your hair very gently or allow your hair to dry naturally.
No permanent chemical services - Avoid permanent chemical services such as colour and perms. Take a look at our guidance Colour maintenance – scalp cooling.
Special occasion - If you are attending a special occasion such as a wedding seek advice on how you can enhance your hairstyle without using aggressive techniques on your hair
Contact us - Your hairdresser is very welcome to contact the Caring Hair team at Cancer Hair Care. We talk to many hairdressers to help them support you at this time. You may find directing your hairdresser to this guide helpful.
Next planned review: February 2020